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680 NEWS wine reviews – April 27–29, 2007 

Fetzer Zinfandel 2005
We think of Zinfandel as the quintessential California wine, but it was first grown in the northeastern United States under glass as a table grape as early as 1852. By the end of the 1880s it became California's grape as the most widely planted varietal in the state. Zinfandel can make a range of styles from Beaujolais-like to big beefy red and even in Port style. A good introduction to this grape is Fetzer Zinfandel 2005. It's an easy-drinking wine, medium to full-bodied, with a sweetish plum flavour and a hint of pepper behind the vanilla oak. It's a good all-purpose wine for red meats. It costs $14.15 a bottle on the LCBO's general list. That's Fetzer Zinfandel 2005 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.15, LCBO #234617).

Bouchard Père et Fils Petit Chablis 2005
When I first started writing about wine thirty odd years ago, Chablis was about the driest white wine you could find. It had a steely note with Granny Smith apple-like acidity. Lately I find that Chablis has become less tart and more round and fleshy like its southern neighbour Burgundy's Cote d'Or. That was until I found Bouchard Père et Fils Petit Chablis 2005, which took me back to that lively fresh flavour I used to know. In spite of that very warm vintage this Petit Chablis has that racy acidity that goes so well with seafood and light fish dishes. It costs $19.25 a bottle. And if you hanker for that old-style Chablis, pick up a bottle of Bouchard Père et Fils Petit Chablis 2005 on the Burgundy shelves at your local liquor store. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.25, LCBO #51466)

 

 

 

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